The Moon May Not Have Gravity, But It Has Free Wifi

Zohaib Ahmed
May, 29, 2014: If there are any aliens out there, they can enjoy the free wifi on our moon.

If you're planning to take a trip to the moon anytime in the near future, you'll be glad to know that posting a selfie upon landing is quite easy.

Yes, the moon – our sole natural satellite – became a wifi hotspot for a month last year, thanks to a joint research project by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The two teams successfully beamed a wireless Internet signal from the Earth's surface to a satellite orbiting the moon. To accomplish this mind-boggling task, they installed four telescopes, which used a laser transmitter to emit infrared light containing information.

Up there, a receiver mounted on a satellite orbiting the moon collected the signals, and hence, the colossal mission of connecting the moon with the World Wide Web was accomplished. It wasn't just a flailing or floundering connection either. Despite traveling a distance of more than 200,000 miles, the connection in space was better than the average Internet speeds in at least 11 American states.

The download speed was recorded at 19.44 megabits per second, while the rate of receiving info from the moon was an unbelievable 622 megabits per second.

In light of this information, it's fair to conclude that mass human invasion of the moon is not very far. Commercial flights to space are expected to begin by the end of this year, and as mentioned above, the Internet should not be a problem either. The days of posting lunar selfies are fast approaching.